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Climate risks, vulnerability and governance in Kenya: a review

Climate-related risks adversely affect lives and livelihoods in Kenya and threaten the country’s short- and long-term development prospects. To analyse how Kenya’s capacity to prevent, manage and recover from disasters and adapt to the impacts of climate change could be strengthened, this review summarises: Kenya’s vulnerability to climate risks given current progress toward meeting its development goals; Kenya’s exposure to climate risks historically, and how these might change in the future given available climate change projections; the degree to which key sectors of the Kenyan economy and particular groups are vulnerable to existing and future climate risks; and Kenya’s current capacity to address climate risks given its policy framework, institutional arrangements, information availability, ongoing projects and capacity needs. The paper concludes by providing sector-specific recommendations to address knowledge gaps and general recommendations to strengthen response capacity.